Colourised images WWII reveal pilots’ horrors with explosions, crashes and bombs

By on December 5, 2017
Colourised images WWII reveal pilots' horrors with explosions, crashes and bombs

Colourised images WWII reveal pilots’ horrors with explosions, crashes and bombs

The stunning black and white images were colourised by design engineer Paul Reynolds from Birmingham.

Shocking images reveal moments such as a US pilot’s Dauntless dive bomber crashing nose first into the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

Fire erupts from beneath a Hellcat as the pilot desperately tries to escape the inferno in another photo.

One horrifying image reveals the sinking wreck of a B-29 Superfortress disappearing beneath the waves.

While another shows a shirtless crewman packing a similar plane’s belly with bombs.

All these pictures were colourised by design engineer Paul Reynolds, from Birmingham.

He said: “I think colourising detailed photos really brings them to life

“You notice detail that usually gets missed due to the monotone background.”

World War 2 was the first conflict in which aerial battles became commonplace.

Other pictures show hardy RAF crewmen pushing a bogged-down Spitfire out of the mud after landing in Italy.

While in one chilling image a US Air Force engineer is seen cleaning the “Fat Man” bomb .

It was the nuclear device dropped on Japanese city Nagasaki by the US to end World War 2.

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